The following statement has been issued by the Town of Smithtown in response to questions raised regarding permit details for the Summer Nights event series on Lake Avenue, in St James
The Town Board has approved a permit for the Summer Nights Concert series to take place on Lake Avenue between 4th and 6th Streets to include use of Celebrate Park. This new location is safer for SCPD to manage and redirect traffic. Commuters will no longer have issues with vacating the St James LIRR station during the busy evening rush. Additionally, the central Lake Avenue location has the support of vocally eager small businesses who have no objection to the early road closures requested by the Civic Association of Greater St James. Most importantly, community members will have ample parking options and the ability for nearby residents to simply walk to the event series is far more convenient with this central location. Finally, the plan upon completion of the revitalization of St James has always been to relocate and centralize events such as this. It’s safer, it’s more accessible and will foster a great sense of community which we all yearn for especially after the two years we’ve just endured.